January 8, 2007
Today shortly after I came up from the lower sleeping deck we had a practice drill. Drills are scheduled every week and everything from life board assignments to surviving ship emergencies is discussed. Today we covered emergency breathing devices while the crew practiced firefighting procedures. The breathing devices are small self-contained units that are located throughout the ship. In the event of a fire or smoke emergency, the units will provide enough oxygen to get to safety. It is good to know that many years of sailing history has resulted in strong planning for such emergencies. We are currently heading southwest towards site 9. Seas last night were very heavy and some seasickness has returned. Most are spending the day just resting or catching up on some last minute lab work before we reach the next site. I spent most of the day filming the crew and scientist so that the trip can be fully explained to my students when I get home.